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Veteran Services
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VA Education Benefits 

Veterans and Reservists

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill   
Chapter 30 provides up to 36 months of education benefits for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following release from active duty.  For more information visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation 
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VRE program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. A veteran receiving at least 20% permanent, service-connected disability from the VA can apply for this GI Bill.  Approval is determined on an individual basis. For more information visit the VA website http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Chapter 32 (V.E.A.P)
Service beginning on or after January 1, 1977 through June 30, 1985
VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available. Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded. For more information visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp 

CHAPTER 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides 36 months of education benefits and financial support for housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For more information please visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/

Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill 
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. For more information visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. For more information visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

Dependents

Chapter 35 Dependent Educational Assistance (DEA)
Chapter 35 offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. For more information please visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill-Transfer of Entitlement
The transferability option allows Service members to transfer all or some unused Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not an individual can transfer benefits to their family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA. For more information visit the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans Dependents
The dependent child, spouse or unmarried surviving spouses of a service connected disabled or deceased veteran may be entitled to tuition and fee waiver benefits at any campus of the California State University system, University of California or a California Community College. Contact your local Veterans Affairs Office for more information.

Tulare County Veterans Service Office
205 N. L Street
Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 684-4960

Kings County Veterans Service Office
1400 West Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 852-2660 ext.2669


 Please send your comments or questions regarding veterans benefits at College of the Sequoias to ashleym@cos.edu